Natural Beauty Night in Brooklyn!

Here’s the invite for the Natural Beauty Night!!  (It’s designed by Linsey Laidlaw. I just love it so much.) 
I’ve mentioned here and there that I’ve been going all natural with my beauty products.  I started out years ago with natural deodorant and slowly started adding a few more products. But I finally took the plunge this last year to try and go 100% (inspired by one of our readers and a natural beauty advocate, Natalie Soud, who did this amazing round-up for us awhile back here on the blog of her favorite products.)  Over the last many months I’ve been able to test loads of natural beauty products and I now have a gold mine of great products to share with you all.  Those posts will be coming.  And the event attendees will get to experience most of the products firsthand, which makes me giddy.
I couldn’t be more excited about this event.  For starters, it’s sponsored by one of my favorite online sources for natural beauty products,  They have been so, so amazing to work with.  Vine as well as Badger, Deodomom (my favorite deodorant ever), Acure Organics, Mychelle, COOLA Organic Suncare, Hello Mellow, Antho, Egyptian Magic Cream, and The Period Store are going to be spoiling our guests ROTTEN with the most amazing, chockfull gift bags I’ve ever seen.
Also, Jessa Blades of Blades Natural Beauty will be speaking.  She’s a natural beauty make-up artist/speaker/educator and REALLY knows her stuff. You can see her here on The Today Show. I just love what she’s doing to try and empower women.
And, Home/Made, where the event is being held, is the sweetest little place in Red Hook – with amazing food.  They are still working on recovering, due to Hurricane Sandy, and I’m so happy to support them. 
Would you like to attend the event?  I have just a few spots available!  It will be first come, first served…please write me at mara
[at] ablogboutlove [dot] com. 

Note:  We are now booked up and have a waiting list.  I need to host another event soon!


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  1. Anonymous June 20, 2013 at 6:55 am - Reply

    Hi, Mara. This comment is actually about your prior posts about infertility and your insinuation that women would have kids earlier. Please read this article from The Atlantic.

    With such a sensitive topic, it's important to be accurate and to not spread misinformation. This article does a good job of correcting some myths, including myths that you cited as fact in a previous post.

    For example:
    The widely cited statistic that one in three women ages 35 to 39 will not be pregnant after a year of trying, for instance, is based on an article published in 2004 in the journal Human Reproduction. Rarely mentioned is the source of the data: French birth records from 1670 to 1830. The chance of remaining childless—30 percent—was also calculated based on historical populations.

    In other words, millions of women are being told when to get pregnant based on statistics from a time before electricity, antibiotics, or fertility treatment. Most people assume these numbers are based on large, well-conducted studies of modern women, but they are not. When I mention this to friends and associates, by far the most common reaction is: “No … No way. Really?”

    Surprisingly few well-designed studies of female age and natural fertility include women born in the 20th century—but those that do tend to paint a more optimistic picture. One study, published in Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2004 and headed by David Dunson (now of Duke University), examined the chances of pregnancy among 770 European women. It found that with sex at least twice a week, 82 percent of 35-to-39-year-old women conceive within a year, compared with 86 percent of 27-to-34-year-olds. (The fertility of women in their late 20s and early 30s was almost identical—news in and of itself.) Another study, released this March in Fertility and Sterility and led by Kenneth Rothman of Boston University, followed 2,820 Danish women as they tried to get pregnant. Among women having sex during their fertile times, 78 percent of 35-to-40-year-olds got pregnant within a year, compared with 84 percent of 20-to-34-year-olds. A study headed by Anne Steiner, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, the results of which were presented in June, found that among 38- and 39-year-olds who had been pregnant before, 80 percent of white women of normal weight got pregnant naturally within six months (although that percentage was lower among other races and among the overweight). “In our data, we’re not seeing huge drops until age 40,” she told me.

    Even some studies based on historical birth records are more optimistic than what the press normally reports: One found that, in the days before birth control, 89 percent of 38-year-old women were still fertile. Another concluded that the typical woman was able to get pregnant until somewhere between ages 40 and 45. Yet these more encouraging numbers are rarely mentioned—none of these figures appear in the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s 2008 committee opinion on female age and fertility, which instead relies on the most-ominous historical data.

    In short, the “baby panic”—which has by no means abated since it hit me personally—is based largely on questionable data. We’ve rearranged our lives, worried endlessly, and forgone countless career opportunities based on a few statistics about women who resided in thatched-roof huts and never saw a lightbulb. In Dunson’s study of modern women, the difference in pregnancy rates at age 28 versus 37 is only about 4 percentage points. Fertility does decrease with age, but the decline is not steep enough to keep the vast majority of women in their late 30s from having a child. And that, after all, is the whole point.

  2. Julie June 20, 2013 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Mara, thanks for this insightful info! I've been looking for natural beauty products for while now and I'm ready to place my orders. I will post my reviews. I'm waiting for your posts with your reviews!

  3. angelo zucaro June 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    looking forward to this. i like Jessa Blades and love that she is all about natural beauty.

  4. SJ June 20, 2013 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    I found The Honest Co. shampoo for sale at my Costco today! I remember you talking about meeting Jessica Alba and how she wanted to make her products affordable for more families. I hope this is progress! I bought a bottle (well, two bottles. It's Costco–home of the twin pack) and can't wait to try it.

  5. Sally June 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Sounds like so much fun! Money is tight for us right now or I'd be there in a heartbeat. Have a great time!

  6. Anonymous June 28, 2013 at 3:09 am - Reply

    Just wanted to give a update. I tried a little coconut oil as a moisturizer and ended up with horrible breakouts on my face. The oil actually caused a layer that trapped dead skin and infection under it. I guess dermatologists are seeing a lot of this with the recent coconut oil craze.

  7. Steve Borsuk June 29, 2013 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Wow…Such a really nice and great informative blog related to natural beauty.I also like natural beauty.Thanks for share this looking post.

  8. Lisa Riley July 30, 2013 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Just bought my first "tottle" of Deodomom with the special ABAL 10% discount! Excited to try it and see if it's as wonderful as it sounds! 🙂

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